If you are interested in Science related activities in Second Life then this is the place for you:

This article made it to the front page of the Tacoma News Tribune today.

A project is in the works to acquire an island in Second Life to be used as a testing ground for all the Community and Technical Colleges in Washington State.  This is pretty exciting news!  If you are interested in finding out more about the project just visit the wiki:

Staff Development Training
Required on her campus
Typically just guest speakers
Not a lot of enthusiasm
Stick versus carrot approach
Need for tech training
Plan of Attack
Develop the idea
Assemble the team
Select topics
Generate excitement
Implement the plan
Evaluate the mission
Celebrate the results
Develop the Idea
Ask the staff
Incorporate their ideas
Look at past success
Make it fun
Make it active
Make it useful
Give them choices
Assemble the Team
Involve staff members
Find some creative types
Ask your HR people and trainers
Tap your informal experts
Add some detail people
Include a communicator
Select the Topics
Ask the people who know
AV Department
Continuing Education
Generate Excitement
Create a teaser
Set the stage
Establish the mood
Build anticipation
Get your presenters talking
Send out samplers
Give them an unusual gift
They gave out flash drives with the college logo
Implement the Plan
Develop a timeline/assign tasks
Have administration participate
Keep the theme and fun going
Remember the details matter
Involve participants
Be flexible
Have chocolate and caffeine
Evaluate the Mission
Be observant
What worked
Put all documents on the flash drive and saved print costs
What could be improved
Debrief with all presenters
Broke out into small groups by functional area
Asked specific questions about the technology they use
What one thing did they learn
What training did they need in the future
Ask for specific feedback
Sent out a survey
60 responses out of 140 attendees
Celebrate the Results
Thank presenters in person
Acknowledge their contribution in writing
CC supervisors
Share the feedback
Inspired presenters to come up with topics for next time
Highlight the successes
Were getting a lot of feedback about how the training helped
Worked better than they had hoped
Tech fears can be conquered
Began to understand what was possible with tech
Tech can make life easier

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UF Raw is a plugin for Gimp that will allow you to edit RAW images
Isn’t the best tool
Inkscape – Vector graphics application
Kompozer – Web page editor application
Doesn’t install just runs executable
Video editing
Jahshaka – another video editing tool
Works on linux

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A typology of information & Communication technology users – May 2007
Survey of 4,000 youths and adults
Classified them as user groups
30% of population are elite tech users
8% omnivores – all over the place technically
7% Connectors – second wave of online users
8% Lackluster veterans – have been using tech for a while but don’t like it
8% Productivity enhancers
70% Middle to low tech users
10% Mobilecentrics – like mobile tools (cell phones)
10% connected but hassled – frustrated about the tech
8% inexperienced experimenters – older generation
15% Light but satisifed
11% Indifferents – very basic tech needs
15% Off the network
77% of tech users are white
30-49 age group use tech most
Used this data to help with their overall tech plan
Want to make sure that they support the right tech
Faced with typical challenges that all institutions face
Instructional tech and admin tech working very close together so support is seamless
Need to be able to execute plans
Make sure resources/funding/energy are available
Strategic Planning Model
Came up with a 3 year cycle plan (for budgetary purposes)
Evaluate & Plan
Address Resources & skills
Improve Infrastructure & tools
Improve Processes
Create flexible, evergreen technical environment
Transform web environment
Rebuilt core site
Use Reddot CMS
Was run by marketing but now more de-centralized
Improve tech proficiency and adoption
Staff & students
Invest in more support
Deliver real-time, reliable information
Use Banner
Enhance the integrity, safety and security of tech and data
Leaning more towards freedom and making it as secure as possible
Create a technology services organization with a reputation for excellence
Project management software used in this process
Institution now has a 500Mbit connection to the internet
Wanted to make sure the infrastructure would be in place to support new tech
4 Key Changes
Review resourcing requirements
Evaluate skill sets
Found that some people were in positions that they weren’t trained for
Moved some people around and increased efficiency
Redeploy & recruit
Implement performance management
Investment in people (training)
Equipment Leasing
Preserved Capital funding for other expenditures
Helps to avoid obsolescence
Attractive lease packages for education
Outsourced services for imaging, tagging, theft protection, deployment and retirement
Added community and content modules
Moved to ASP
Integrated with Banner
Moved to 7.2
Will be using Community system for intranet
Transform hardware into software
Emulates hardware via software
Saved about $300,000
Doubled capacity for servers
Electricity and cooling costs dropped $80,000/year
Deploy a machine in a matter of seconds
Can clone system for testing systems
Disaster recovery – distributed resources, no interruption of services
Reduced network cost
Reduction of man hours
Moving to virtual desktop infrastructure
Utilization of thin clients
Could move you from 3yr replacement to 7yr

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